Bill Gates Invests in AutoNation Inc. Dealership Chain

Microsoft Corp. founder now owns a 5.5% stake in AutoNation Inc. according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Gates' private investment fund Cascade Investments, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation acquired the 9.9 million shares of the nation's largest dealership chain. Although valued at $82.8 million at time of acquisition, the transaction is classified as a passive investment

Microsoft Corp. founder now owns a 5.5% stake in AutoNation Inc. according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Gates' private investment fund Cascade Investments, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation acquired the 9.9 million shares of the nation's largest dealership chain.

Although valued at $82.8 million at time of acquisition, the transaction is classified as a passive investment with no intent to change control, according to the SEC.

AutoNation's stock rebounded from a 12-month low that had been hovering at $7 to more than $9 following the SEC filing.

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